I love playing with paint, and I love the distressed shabby and vintage look. When I saw Plaid Pickle Wash, I knew it would make projects like this DIY Vintage Recipe Card Box so much easier to make!
(Disclosure: Some products used in this article were provided to me by Plaid Crafts. Some links in this article are affiliate links.]
Before Plaid Pickle Wash, it required hours of painting and sanding to get the finish on this DIY Vintage Recipe Card Box. Now, with just one or two coats and a simple rub off technique, I can easily get exactly the beautiful results I envisioned. I decided to start experimenting with my new Plaid Pickle Wash by making myself this new DIY vintage recipe card box for our kitchen. I rarely cook, so my recipes need somewhere nice to pass the time!
Supplies Needed to Make DIY Vintage Recipe Card Box:
- Walnut Hollow Recipe Box
- 320 sandpaper
- Tack cloth
- Plaid Pickling Wash in Papillon
- Martha Stewart “Fair Isle Dots” Adhesive Stencils
- Plaid FolkArt “Vintage White” Acrylic
- Plaid 5/8″ Premium Stencil Brush
- 3M Safe Release Edge Lock Painter’s Tape
- Decorative Knob
- Dremel 3000 Tool
- blue shop towels
Plaid’s new Pickle Wash is an easy to apply finish that gives a whitewashed appearance to wood surfaces. It goes on as a very thin liquid (with a watery consistency). After it sits for 30 seconds, simply wipe off the excess to achieve the distressed finish you want. The results – and the ease of application – have to be seen to be believed. I’ve dreamed for years of being able to create washed finishes like this on my projects! And Plaid Pickle Wash comes in a palette of a dozen vintage friendly colors like Gypsy Rose, Soleil, Sea Glass, Celadon, and (of course)…Cottage White! <swoon>
How to Finish the DIY Vintage Recipe Card Box
Pickle Wash soaks into the wood because it is a very thin liquid finish. It really raises the grain and emphasizes any imperfections in the surface. Unlike a paint like chalk paint, which covers imperfections in a surface, Pickle Wash looks best when the surface is well prepared. Before I started painting, I sanded my recipe box down with 320 grit sandpaper. Then when I was done I removed the sanding dust by wiping the surface with a tack cloth.
Applying the Pickle Wash finish was easy. I started on the inside of the recipe box and applied the wash with a foam brush. (Applying a finish in not too visible areas first hides any beginner’s errors you make. It also tests the finish on the surface you are painting.) Then after 30 seconds, I rubbed off the excess with a sheet of blue shop towel. I repeated the process on the outside of the recipe box after allowing the inside to dry for a bit.
After allowing the Plaid Pickle Wash to dry for the required time, I wanted to stencil on my DIY Vintage Recipe Card Box. For stenciling I reached for classic FolkArt Acrylic in (of course) Vintage White! It was the perfect shade of not-quite-white to apply to make my stencil look vintage. True white would have appeared too stark against the the distressed Pickle Wash finish.
I chose a stencil for the front of the box that was large enough that it spanned over the opening of the box lid. To keep everything in place while I stenciled it, I taped the box lid shut with painter’s tape. I also taped around the edges of the stencil, since the design went very close to the edges. This prevented any paint smudging off the edges of the stencil.
I applied my stenciling paint with an extremely dry brush. I wasn’t worried about getting thick, solid color or about missing spots, since the whole idea is for a vintage, aged look anyway.
Once the stenciling was dry, I drilled a hole in the center of the recipe box’s lid. I selected a drill bit that was just a tiny bit smaller than the diameter of the screw on my decorative knob.
The decorative knob serves as a “handle” for the lid, and emphasizes the vintage theme of the design. I chose this faux milk glass one because the white faux milk glass color echoes the vintage white of the stenciled design.
The decorative knob came with a really long bolt on it, which protruded down into the box. So I got out my Dremel tool and cut it off very near the nut attaching the knob to the lid.
And that is it…I have completed a beautiful DIY vintage recipe card box! I’ve stored my recipes so beautifully that I might actually be inspired to use some of them!